Niagara This Week
Wainfleet Ald. Betty Konc is hoping a number of Ontario’s municipalities are just being fashionably late. Registration for the upcoming Rural and Small Urban Green Energy Symposium, hosted by the Township of Wainfleet, has not been as high as Konc was hoping. The event was planned as a way to bring together small communities currently facing issues surrounding the Green Energy Act, specifically wind turbines, to create a “united front.”
“We all need to be saying the same thing at the same time, with the same voice,” Konc said. Deadline for communities to register is next Tuesday, and Konc said if they don’t get 100 municipalities registered then they’ll be forced to cancel the Feb. 22 symposium. Konc said there was a strong response in December when the township sent out invitations to municipalities. However, since that time there has been lower than expected registrations. “We just don’t have as many as we thought we’d have,” she said.
But Konc said she has a plan B should the Township-hosted event fall through. The alderman said if they’re forced to cancel the Feb. 22 event then she will approach the Wainfleet Ratepayers’ Association as well as the West Lincoln Wind Action Group about hosting a non-government symposium. If it comes to that, Konc said they’d invite wind action groups throughout the province, adding she would expect no problem filling a venue with such representatives.